Washington, DC: Contract A/V Archives Specialist, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History

Job Opening Title: Audiovisual Archives Specialist (Contract)

Employer Name: smithsonian institution

Job Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: September 10, 2021

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Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The Archives Center at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History collects, preserves, and provides access to archival materials that complement the museum’s exhibition, research, and collecting programs. The Center holds over 1500 collections documenting United States history and its diverse cultures. Our collection strengths are: the history of technology, invention and innovation, business and consumer culture, American music, social history, and popular culture. The Archives Center is undertaking a grant-funded project to preserve and provide access to audiovisual materials, with a focus on motion picture film. We are seeking a contractor to primarily:

• Inventory, arrange, and describe audiovisual collections materials in ArchivesSpace
• Coordinate audiovisual digitization projects with an external vendor
• Ingest digitized collection material into the Smithsonian Institution’s Digital Asset Management System (DAMS)

This is a full-time (40 hours/week), one-year contract opportunity expected to start in December 2021/January 2022. Please note that this project requires a mix of in-person and virtual work. The contractor will be treated as part of the project team and trained on processes and software specific to our unit. Competitive bidders will demonstrate some or all of the following:

• Master’s degree in library and information science, archives, or film production OR demonstrated experience working in an archival repository
• Experience handling motion picture film, including splicing, bench work, and transferring from reel to core
• Experience with collections information systems, digital asset management systems, and archival descriptive standards
• Ability to manage projects, track progress of complex
tasks, and work independently and as part of a team

We request that interested contractors send a current resume to the project’s Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative, Vanessa Broussard-Simmons, at broussardv@si.edu by September 10, 2021. Project staff will discuss the scope of work with potential bidders and then invite a selection of contractors to bid on a formal Request for Quote. NMAH welcomes diversity in all respects, including but not limited to age, occupation, nationality, and background.

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